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#21
Carlisle, Cumbria, UK. No Carlisle is not in Scotland
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Originally posted by Denarius
When freedom dining was trialed on Oceana prior to introduction across the rest of the fleet it was possible to book tables in advance. Many diners arrived late or not at all. Waiters were instructed to take orders 15 minutes after the time booked whether all diners were present or not, sometimes leading to the absent diners turning up when the others were already eating. If P&O were to ressurect this, they would IMO need to stipulate that reservations would be forfeit if not taken up within 15 minutes, the places then being filled by diners who had not reserved.
I can't see them enforcung such a rule. This frequently happens on fixed dining, even though it is advertised that doors will be shut 15 mins after time they never refuse entry, I've experienced table mates coming in 25 or 30 mins late. I wish this rule would be enforced as it holds all service up, then followed by a rush in order to finish in time for the later sitting, getting to the theatre etc.
#22
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I am rather nervous about this change. As someone with an unusual combination of dietary requirements I like having the comfort that the waiters know what I can eat and my food is pre-ordered for a particular sitting. I appreciate it's then my responsibility with Freedom to make sure I advise waiters and sit down at a fairly consistent time each evening to be fair to the galley but it would make me nervous and make me less comfortable about eating in the MDR especially as I would probably have to seek out the head waiter each evening to sort out meals for the next day. I'm sure they've thought about this, but I'm not convinced by this move.
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#23
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Originally posted by DolphinWatcher
I am rather nervous about this change. As someone with an unusual combination of dietary requirements I like having the comfort that the waiters know what I can eat and my food is pre-ordered for a particular sitting. I appreciate it's then my responsibility with Freedom to make sure I advise waiters and sit down at a fairly consistent time each evening to be fair to the galley but it would make me nervous and make me less comfortable about eating in the MDR especially as I would probably have to seek out the head waiter each evening to sort out meals for the next day. I'm sure they've thought about this, but I'm not convinced by this move.
P&O handle special dietary requests well on Freedom dining. We only eat on Freedom dining. My wife is vegetarian and every night the head waiter comes to whatever table we are at with the vegetarian menu for the following day, and no matter what table we sit at the waiters know my wife is vegetarian. We sat once with someone with coeliac disease and likewise he had no problem getting the correct food on Freedom dining having ordered it the night before and was singing the praises of P&O on this.
#24
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Joined Aug 2013
Originally posted by kenhem
P&O handle special dietary requests well on Freedom dining. We only eat on Freedom dining. My wife is vegetarian and every night the head waiter comes to whatever table we are at with the vegetarian menu for the following day, and no matter what table we sit at the waiters know my wife is vegetarian. We sat once with someone with coeliac disease and likewise he had no problem getting the correct food on Freedom dining having ordered it the night before and was singing the praises of P&O on this.
That's good to know Kenhem. I've only ever done Freedom dining once before so your experience makes be a lot more comfortable!
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#25
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Originally posted by DolphinWatcher
That's good to know Kenhem. I've only ever done Freedom dining once before so your experience makes be a lot more comfortable!
I forgot to mention you don't need to dine at the same time each night, you can be as varied on time as you like.
#26
Newcastle England
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Joined Jan 2009
I see that it says that during the day there are dance lessons in the Limelight Club which then becomes a nightclub in the evening. Does that mean that there will be no dance area like the Crystal Room on the Britannia?
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#27
237 Posts
Joined Aug 2017
Originally posted by Johnsanders
I see that it says that during the day there are dance lessons in the Limelight Club which then becomes a nightclub in the evening. Does that mean that there will be no dance area like the Crystal Room on the Britannia?
Jim.
Yes, we thought the same.
I take it you enjoy dancing as we do, so let's hope they do plan to have a suitable dance area.
#28
West Yorkshire UK
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I have just been checking the deck plans for AIDAnova, Iona's half sister, and there are dozens of dining options, however most of them have a surcharge and the complimentary ones are buffet style, but I imagine Iona's MDRs will have waiter service.
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#29
Devon, UK
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Sounds to me as if unless you want Freedom Dining, then you will have to pay extra for everything. Cruising is losing its attraction for me
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#30
Whitley Bay, North East England
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Originally posted by jeanlyon
Sounds to me as if unless you want Freedom Dining, then you will have to pay extra for everything. Cruising is losing its attraction for me


I thought you were not going on Iona, Jean?

Anyway I I can put up with it anyone can. I do not like freedom dining. I shall go to all the other outlets after all that’s what they are there for.



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#31
West Yorkshire UK
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Originally posted by daiB
I thought you were not going on Iona, Jean?

Anyway I I can put up with it anyone can. I do not like freedom dining. I shall go to all the other outlets after all that’s what they are there for.



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I am sure you could get to like freedom dining Dai, if, like us, you are happy to share a table you will be seated immediately, and you get to meet far more passengers than you do on club dining. Iona's freedom only might be just the push you need to realise it's not as bad as you think.
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#32
United Kingdom
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I have never waited for a table on Freedom Dining; if you are happy to share you get seated straight away. On the larger ships I have sometimes asked to dine alone if I'm tired or just don't feel like company, and been shown to a table for 2 straight away.